It seems like months since i made an entry into my online blog journal even though its only been 3 weeks.
Computerlessness (is that a word?) is the main reason i have been away, unable to post pics and also i've been sick with a nasty tummy virus. Some sad happenings have also made me take time to sit and think and make some decisions about things. My laptop died, one day fine the next it wont switch on, and then the biggie office computer we use decided to keep cutting off the internet connection, so frustrating. Limited savings and DH and i decided to upgrade the office computer to something better. Programs installed and its now ready for use YIPPEEEE it's so much faster, but so different to the old ones, so a learning curve for me and using it takes me longer right now.
I missed wishing you all a Happy Mothering Sunday for those in the UK. I hope you all had an enjoyable day.
Mine was spent with daughter and grandaughter as her partner had to work that day. I was spoilt by my two children and had lovely gifts.
I made this little crochet tin cover for a flowering cactus plant i picked up for own mum. It accompanied another gift i purchased for her, she loved it so that made me happy.
Stitching on The Sampler Girl SAL with Barb and the ladies at NH continued each week.
A happy dance last week when i put the final stitch into In the Garden with Jane Austen, i have loved every stitch in this one, it's turned out so pretty. Just need to get on with making it up now.
The Spring exchange was sent out on time and i have received something. It's still safely in the envelope waiting to be opened on Friday when we can reveal what we have received and who it's from. The Round Robin has also been given to Clare, we met for a coffee and a chat to exchange that which was nice and i have received Tina's (no blog).
DH has been really patient waiting for me to start his crochet blanket. He decided that he wanted a granny rectangle and last week i sorted out the wool he chose. Do you remember the one i gave as a Christmas gift that he was so upset about when i wrapped it? Well he decided that he really, really did want three of the colours in that one as it was so nice so thats what we've gone for. Just a few rows to start it off and i can pick it up between other projects and he should have it finished for the autumnal evenings!
Both socks are now complete and have been keeping my feet toasty warm. Maybe i should knit me a pair or warm socks each March if it makes the the recent temperatures we are experiencing hit record highs for the time of the year.
Very unlike spring here in the UK right now, more like summer approaching, i see that other readers are experiencing the same warmth too in other countries, it's nice isn't it. The gardens are looking lovely with the flowers blooming and it sure does make people seem friendlier when you are out and about. This pic makes my feet look very huge, they are not, it's the camera angle, honest lol.
At the stitching club we have been having a visitor from Tobago. She is staying with family for 6 months and is friends with one of our members. She was telling us all about some stitching they do back home. She brought us each a small piece of gingham to have a try. You stitch a smyrna cross onto the same colour gingham square in a desired pattern. I chose to make a cover for one of my marmalade pots and completed mine to give her (she was able to sample my marmalade too). It really is effective when completed. Thank you Esther for showing us this new technique, i really enjoyed having a go at it.
Today i have had the most wonderful envelope delivered. I was lucky enough to be the winner in Staci's (Snippets and Stash) blogoversary draw.
I have a thing for tins and this is stunning. A Whitmans 100th anniversary tin that i will cherish. Thank you so much Staci, the contents are fabulous. If you haven't visited Staci's blog please do, she is an amazing knitter and stitcher and it's always a pleasure to stop by and see what beautiful things she has created.
Spring officially arrived earlier this week and my DS has also celebrated his 27th birthday. That means we are fast approaching the end of another month, but, not all my planned stitchings for this month will get completed - i do have a good excuse though. DH and i are off for a few days break to the seaside very soon. Sorry Christine, but the challenge will not happen this month, i'll do better next time. My monthly ornament is stitched but i'm not sure it will be made up by the end of March. Not a stitch put into Shores again this month either... must do better on that next month.
My camera is charging ready to be packed, so hopefully next time i post i'll be able to tell you all about my seaside adventure with pics, fingers crossed the weather stays nice and warm just like it did for our little break last September.
Just a quick reminder to the UK ladies, clocks go forward tonight, so lighter evenings on the way, that'll be nice.
Wishing you all well and hoping that life is being kind to you and yours.